“Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away but My word will not pass away.” (Matt 24:34,35) The context is Christ’s coming and the signs that precede it.
This verse has always perplexed me. It seems to say that Christ will return during that generation’s time and some believe He has like the preterists. I remember looking up the word “generation” in the concordance a long time ago but it didn’t mean anything else other than what it means. So frustrated, I moved on.
Yesterday I was studying something else and that troublesome verse reared it’s head again and I decided to take a closer look. Anyway I looked up the word “pass away” and this is what it said.
Parerchomai – Strong’s 3928 Greek (par-er’-khom-ahee)
Meaning: To perish
So “generation” doesn’t point to a time period but “pass away” does. It’s always coupled with “heaven and earth passing away” (Luke 16:17, Mark 13:30, Luke 21:32,33) and we know this happens at Christ’s return at the very end. Whew! What a load off of my shoulders! Maybe you already knew this but this was news to me. I put this up primarily so that I won’t forget.
UPDATE AS OF AUG 2012
Since originally posting this, I came into a greater understanding of this. This is only part of it but there is much more. Please go to:
Parable of the Fig Tree and its Prophetic Significance to get a fuller and broader understanding.